The median contractor rate for a Senior Test Engineer was £435 per day in advertised job vacancies during the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

The first table below provides contractor rate benchmarking and summary statistics including a comparison to same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Senior Test Engineer
UK
3 months to
28 Mar 2017
Same period 2016 Same period 2015
Rank 585 612 611
Rank change year-on-year +27 -1  
Contract jobs requiring a Senior Test Engineer 23 27 31
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 0.051% 0.050% 0.057%
As % of the Job Titles category 0.054% 0.053% 0.061%
Number of daily rates quoted 16 17 12
Median daily rate £435 £425 £335
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.35% +26.86%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £350 £275 £313
10% offered a daily rate of more than £563 £481 £454
UK excluding London median daily rate £350 £275 £358
% change year-on-year +27.27% -23.07%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 5 0 1
Median hourly rate £33.50 - £32.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £33.50 - £32.50

The next table is for comparison with the above and includes summary statistics for all job roles in contract job vacancies. Most job vacancies include a discernible job title. As such, the figures in the first row provide an indication of the number of contract jobs in our overall sample.

Contract IT Job Roles
UK
Contract job vacancies with a job title containing a recognized job role 42733 51025 51236
As % of all contract IT job vacancies advertised in the UK 94.78% 95.23% 94.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 27760 33065 30937
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25%  
90% offered a daily rate of more than £260 £260 £238
10% offered a daily rate of more than £600 £600 £560
UK excluding London median daily rate £400 £388 £375
% change year-on-year +3.22% +3.33%  
Number of hourly rates quoted 1481 1587 2052
Median hourly rate £18.00 £18.75 £17.50
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year -4.00% +7.14%  
90% offered a hourly rate of more than £11.25 £11.50 £11.00
10% offered a hourly rate of more than £47.50 £48.00 £42.50
UK excluding London median hourly rate £17.50 £19.63 £17.00
% change year-on-year -10.82% +15.44%  

Senior Test Engineer
Job Vacancy Trend

The job posting trend of jobs advertised that featured Senior Test Engineer in the job title.

Job vacancy trend for Senior Test Engineer in the UK

Senior Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for daily rates quoted in contract jobs citing Senior Test Engineer.

Contractor daily rate trend for Senior Test Engineer in the UK

Senior Test Engineer
Contractor Daily Rate Histogram

The daily rate distribution of IT jobs citing Senior Test Engineer over the 3 months to 28 March 2017.

Contractor daily rate histogram for Senior Test Engineer in the UK

Senior Test Engineer
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for hourly rates quoted in IT contractor jobs citing Senior Test Engineer.

Contractor hourly rate trend for Senior Test Engineer in the UK

Senior Test Engineer
Top 13 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Senior Test Engineer within the UK over the 3 months to 28 March 2017. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 3 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Last 3 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
England +19 15 £475 +11.76% 18
Edinburgh - 8 £350 -
Scotland - 8 £350 -
London +15 7 £475 +8.57% 6
East of England +6 7 £475 - 2
City of London -11 5 £475 +10.14% 1
Cambridge - 5 - - 2
Cambridgeshire - 5 - - 2
Luton +10 2 £475 -
Bedfordshire 0 2 £475 -
Yorkshire +16 1 £375 - 1
West Yorkshire +11 1 £375 - 1
Leeds +9 1 £375 -

Senior Test Engineer Skill Set
Top 30 Co-occurring IT Skills

For the 6 months to 28 March 2017, Senior Test Engineer contract jobs required the following IT skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the number co-occurrences and its proportion to all contract ads featuring Senior Test Engineer in the job title.

1 36 (67.92%) Agile Software Development
2 29 (54.72%) Java
3 26 (49.06%) Test Automation
4 23 (43.40%) Python
4 23 (43.40%) Selenium
5 21 (39.62%) Jenkins
6 19 (35.85%) QA
6 19 (35.85%) WebDriver
7 17 (32.08%) Scrum
7 17 (32.08%) SQL
8 16 (30.19%) Continuous Integration
9 15 (28.30%) Automated Testing
10 14 (26.42%) Perl
10 14 (26.42%) C#
10 14 (26.42%) BDD
11 13 (24.53%) SoapUI
12 12 (22.64%) Git (software)
12 12 (22.64%) Linux
12 12 (22.64%) TDD
13 11 (20.75%) Finance
13 11 (20.75%) Manual Testing
13 11 (20.75%) Test Strategy
14 10 (18.87%) REST
14 10 (18.87%) Cucumber
14 10 (18.87%) Subversion
15 9 (16.98%) JSON
15 9 (16.98%) JUnit
15 9 (16.98%) Exploratory Testing
15 9 (16.98%) Test Scripting
16 8 (15.09%) .NET

Senior Test Engineer Skill Set
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 4 (7.55%) Jetty
2 2 (3.77%) Oracle Application Server
3 1 (1.89%) Confluence
3 1 (1.89%) Tomcat
Applications
1 1 (1.89%) MS Excel
Business Applications
1 4 (7.55%) Oracle EBS
1 4 (7.55%) Oracle EBS R12
2 2 (3.77%) Oracle Cash Management
2 2 (3.77%) Oracle Payables
2 2 (3.77%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 3 (5.66%) IaaS
1 3 (5.66%) SaaS
2 2 (3.77%) PaaS
3 1 (1.89%) Microsoft Azure
Communications & Networking
1 5 (9.43%) WLAN
2 4 (7.55%) Wi-Fi
3 2 (3.77%) Internet
3 2 (3.77%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 7 (13.21%) MySQL
1 7 (13.21%) PostgreSQL
2 5 (9.43%) SQL Server
3 4 (7.55%) Oracle Reports
4 2 (3.77%) Apache Cassandra
4 2 (3.77%) KDB
4 2 (3.77%) Oracle Database
4 2 (3.77%) Oracle Database 11g
4 2 (3.77%) Oracle Database 12c
5 1 (1.89%) Azure SQL Database
5 1 (1.89%) Data Warehouse
5 1 (1.89%) NonStop SQL
5 1 (1.89%) NoSQL
5 1 (1.89%) SQL Server Analysis Services
5 1 (1.89%) SQL Server Integration Services
5 1 (1.89%) SQL Server Reporting Services
5 1 (1.89%) SQLite
Development Applications
1 23 (43.40%) Selenium
2 21 (39.62%) Jenkins
3 19 (35.85%) WebDriver
4 13 (24.53%) SoapUI
5 12 (22.64%) Git (software)
6 10 (18.87%) Cucumber
6 10 (18.87%) Subversion
7 9 (16.98%) JUnit
8 7 (13.21%) TeamCity
9 6 (11.32%) Bugzilla
9 6 (11.32%) JIRA
9 6 (11.32%) SpecFlow
10 5 (9.43%) Maven
11 4 (7.55%) FitNesse
11 4 (7.55%) JBehave
11 4 (7.55%) Robot Framework
11 4 (7.55%) TestNG
12 3 (5.66%) JMeter
13 2 (3.77%) RSpec
13 2 (3.77%) Selenium IDE
General
1 11 (20.75%) Finance
2 8 (15.09%) Banking
3 4 (7.55%) Retail
4 3 (5.66%) Retail Banking
5 2 (3.77%) Games
5 2 (3.77%) General Ledger
5 2 (3.77%) Telecoms
6 1 (1.89%) Front Office
6 1 (1.89%) Investment Banking
6 1 (1.89%) Manufacturing
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 10 (18.87%) REST
2 9 (16.98%) JSON
3 8 (15.09%) .NET
4 6 (11.32%) Web Services
5 5 (9.43%) AngularJS
6 4 (7.55%) Node.js
6 4 (7.55%) RabbitMQ
6 4 (7.55%) Spring
7 3 (5.66%) J2EE
7 3 (5.66%) XML
8 2 (3.77%) Gherkin
8 2 (3.77%) Kafka
9 1 (1.89%) .NET Framework
9 1 (1.89%) HTML
9 1 (1.89%) HTML5
9 1 (1.89%) RESTful
9 1 (1.89%) SOAP
9 1 (1.89%) WebSockets
Miscellaneous
1 6 (11.32%) Linux Command Line
2 5 (9.43%) Analytical Skills
3 4 (7.55%) Virtual Team
4 2 (3.77%) Computer Science
4 2 (3.77%) Foreign Exchange (FX)
4 2 (3.77%) Mobile App
5 1 (1.89%) CESG
5 1 (1.89%) CESG CLAS
5 1 (1.89%) Client/Server
5 1 (1.89%) Management Information System
Operating Systems
1 12 (22.64%) Linux
2 7 (13.21%) Windows
3 3 (5.66%) Unix
3 3 (5.66%) Windows Server
Processes & Methodologies
1 36 (67.92%) Agile Software Development
2 26 (49.06%) Test Automation
3 17 (32.08%) Scrum
4 16 (30.19%) Continuous Integration
5 15 (28.30%) Automated Testing
6 14 (26.42%) BDD
7 12 (22.64%) TDD
8 11 (20.75%) Manual Testing
8 11 (20.75%) Test Strategy
9 9 (16.98%) Exploratory Testing
9 9 (16.98%) Test Scripting
10 8 (15.09%) E-Commerce
11 7 (13.21%) Requirements Management
12 6 (11.32%) ATDD
12 6 (11.32%) Continuous Delivery
12 6 (11.32%) Functional Testing
12 6 (11.32%) Software Engineering
13 5 (9.43%) Automation Testing
13 5 (9.43%) Feature Driven Development
13 5 (9.43%) Integration Testing
Programming Languages
1 29 (54.72%) Java
2 23 (43.40%) Python
3 17 (32.08%) SQL
4 14 (26.42%) C#
4 14 (26.42%) Perl
5 7 (13.21%) Ruby
6 5 (9.43%) JavaScript
7 4 (7.55%) Scala
7 4 (7.55%) Shell Script
8 3 (5.66%) C
8 3 (5.66%) C++
8 3 (5.66%) XPath
8 3 (5.66%) XQuery
9 1 (1.89%) T-SQL
Qualifications
1 3 (5.66%) Degree
1 3 (5.66%) Security Cleared
2 2 (3.77%) BPSS Clearance
2 2 (3.77%) ISTQB
2 2 (3.77%) ISTQB Advanced Certification
3 1 (1.89%) CISSP
3 1 (1.89%) CLAS
3 1 (1.89%) ISEB
3 1 (1.89%) SC Cleared
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 19 (35.85%) QA
2 6 (11.32%) SDET
3 2 (3.77%) WCAG
4 1 (1.89%) Disclosure Scotland
4 1 (1.89%) ISO/IEC 27001
System Software
1 4 (7.55%) Virtual Machines
Vendors
1 6 (11.32%) CA Agile Central
2 5 (9.43%) Microsoft
3 4 (7.55%) Oracle
4 1 (1.89%) Atlassian
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